I’ve been an admirer of the globeandmail.com design ever since the site was revamped in February last year with a new look and Web 2.0 tools.
But the site’s front page got even better this week with the elimination of the vertical navigation column. Thank you G&M!
It’s not that I don’t like vertical nav. It’s just that when you already have three horizontal nav menus at the top of the page, things start to get pretty cluttered and confusing.
The new front page is even cleaner and brighter than the version launched last year, which was itself a big step forward. I like the use of grey text too. It softens the look, while still allowing high density of content.
The new design, based on 3 columns above the fold, also gives prominence to multimedia content at the top of the right-hand column. Like the old page, it’s built for 1024 pixel screen width.
Other pages of the site will be relaunched after the Globe gauges customer reaction to the new front page.
There appear to be some tidy-up issues with the CSS. Serif and sans-serif fonts are clashing in a few places.